Tuesday, 16 November 2010


I got this story off the net. The person who posted it didn’t say who the author was or where he got this. 

As my friend was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a rope tied to their legs. It was obvious that the elephant could at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

“Well”, he said, “when they were very young, and much smaller, we used the same size rope to tie them and at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grew up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” 

My friend was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were. The powerful and gigantic creature has limited its present abilities by the limitations of its past.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life holding onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? How many of us refuse to attempt something new and challenging because of our so called MINDSET?

Your attempt may fail, but never fail to make an attempt… and

Choose not to accept the false boundaries and limitations created by the past.


Kind Spirit said...

Lovely story. Good sentiment. I loved it.

Belinda said...

Finding your blog was the best thing that happened to me all day.

Carla M.T. said...

Nice! "Your attempt may fail, but never fail to make an attempt..."
I never knew that about elephants.

Netizen101 said...

Kind Spirit, thank you! :-)

I am flattered, Belinda. Welcome to my blog. :-)

Carla, I do not know how true the story is. It sounds rather unlikely doesn't it? :-)